Rt. Hon. Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, has expressed the need for Ghana to tap Qatar’s expertise in Oil and Gas revenue management.
According to the Speaker, Qatar has been able to managed it’s oil resources to the benefit of its people of which Ghana must considered tapping the knowledge as to how best to utilise the oil revenue.
Prof Mike Oquaye made the comment when the Qatar Ambassador to Ghana, H.E Mohammad Ahmed Al-Homaid, paid courtesy call on him at parliament in Accra on Tuesday this week.
He said, the presence of the Ambassador would deepen the bileteral relation between the two nations.
The Speaker added that Ghana stood to derive a lot of economic benefits with the Gulf country which is endowed with excess natural resources such as oil and gas.
Prof Oquaye also expressed his admiration to the socio-economic progress of Qatar and hope that Ghana could learn lessons from the experience of that country.
He noted that though Qatar is a small country, it has made great strides in the fields of oil, gas, sports, education and engineering.
The Speaker also commended Qatar for the effort in agriculture sector, for been able to produce enough food for its citizens, despite its wealth of funds to import food.
While assuring the Ambassador of Ghana’s readiness to exchange ideas with Qatar in legislation, Prof Mike Oquaye noted that peace, freedom and human values are fundamental in society and that parliament of Ghana would continue to promote laws that would ensure safety of other nationals and their investment.
He also assured of Ghana’s parliament to honour the invitation to the International Parliamentary Legislation Conference slated to take place in Qatar sometime this year, stating that, “Ghana and Qatar parliaments stand to benefit from each other.”
He added that in the search for investments to enhance development of Ghana, the government under the leadership of President Nana Akufo Addo remained committed and would extend its focus on Qatar and other Gulf countries.
The Majaority Leader and Minister for parliamentary Affairs, Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, said Qatar stride in the Gas and Steel industry worth emulating and that parliament would work closely with the Embassy to ensure that most Ghanaians, including MPs benefits from their expertise .
He added that the benefits of forming a closer relationship with Qatar would go a long way to promote development of the two nation.
The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrissu, said the relation between the two nation could be impetuous to development as they both stood to benefit from foreign direct investment.
He however called on the Qatar Government to intensify its efforts fighting crime and as well improve the domestic workers condition as most Ghanaian faced several ill-treatment in Qatar,.
“I also wish to take this opportunity to urge the Qatar government, to improve your laws on domestic workers and ensure that domestic workers or Househelps from other countries are treated with dignity and honour,” the Minority leader stated.
The Qatar Ambassador had earlier presented his letter of Credential to the President and was in parliament to invite the Speaker and Parliament of Ghana to International Parliamentary Conference which is to be held in Qatar in April, this year.
Ahmed Al-Homaid said, the conference would help strengthen the relation between the two nation with exchange of ideas on parliamentary governance.
Source: www.therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba